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Where Eggs Come From - Dave Ross

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Dave here, enjoying the fall beauty, and thinking about chickens and eggs. My usual four-mile walk takes mepast a farm that is close enough to the road to get a good view of the cows, hogs, sheep, and chickens that roam around the pastures.Not all eggs are the same. Some are produced in egg “factories” where many thousands of hens live in small cages. Their lives consist of eating layer-mash, drinking water, and laying eggs. And that’s about it. We buy those eggs off the store shelves at a decent price. They taste alright and they work okay in recipes. We wouldn't even know that there is something much better out there - until we try farm-fresh eggs from chickens that run a ...

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Kidron in the Fall - Dave Ross

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Sitting here staring at this screen is about the most uninspiring thing a person could do on a day like this, but we'll hurry and be brief with this writing, and then head outside once more to enjoy the scenery.
We waited for this - the time of year when the leaves are turning many shades of yellow, orange and red in our part of the world. What a wonderful gift it is to be able to see and enjoy all this natural beauty that surrounds us in the month of October.   I thank Creator God for these things.  If you haven’t been out and about yet, you really should take a drive to see for yourself. Consider our area if you are able, but if not, allow me to share some pictures t ...

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The making of a fry pie

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By: LaVonne De Bois´╗┐
 
Fry Pies are as common as Horse and Buggies, especially in Ohio Amish Country, Holmes County.  What is the difference between a good ole' fashioned slice of pie and a fry pie?  For one, you don't need to eat it with a fork.  Two; the Fry Pie is wrapped in a delicious thin crust with your favorite filling; and three, they are cheaper than a slice of pie.  Fry Pies can be found in nearly every bakery or perhaps along the back roads at a family roadside stand.  This half moon shaped dessert or snack has gained popularity but has been around for decades.
 
Recently my tourism friend, Loretta Coblenz from The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast ...

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Digging up the dirt

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By: LaVonne De Bois
 
As Spring arrives, so does the need to prepare for planting of crops.  Farming among the Amish remains in the 8 - 10% range with regard to family occupations.
 
Recently I interviewed a New Order Amish farmer about farming methods.  Even though Amish are allowed to utilize tractors on the farm for running equipment, some New Order may use tractors for fieldwork.  That is not the norm, but demonstrates the extreme examples from one group to another.
 
Working in the field does not come easy.  Amish men don't use equipment with comfortable seats and air-conditioned cabs.  A straw hat and a cooler with water is as comfortable a ...

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This Is Our View - Staying Lively

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By: Nancy LembkeThe day had barely begun when we noticed some unusual activity happening in front of our property.  A semi & a pickup truck had stopped on the road, not a typical occurrence on this State Route that runs from Sugarcreek to Coshocton.  As we strained to see what caused the flow of traffic to stop, we noticed three ‘strange’ horses being herded into the fenced pasture next door by our neighbor kids. While it doesn’t happen often, there is the occasional “critter escapee” here in Amish Country.  These particular three ‘visitors’ had escaped their home pasture from nearly two miles away.  The owners were grateful t ...

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A View From The Inn

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There is something surreal about an early morning fog in the valleys of southeast Ohio.  Hill tops look like tiny islands surrounded by mysterious white fluff.  As the sun slowly burns off the low-lying haze, one notices small clusters of Amish homes nestled within the edges of woodlands & harvested fields. Dairymen, already finished with their early morning milking, have given leave to the cows who now slowly choose a place in the pasture to enjoy another fall day. A breeze blows through the low-lands & chases off the final wisps of any lingering haze.  A new beauty emerges for those who take a moment to enjoy God's creation.´╗┐

THIS IS OUR VIEW - Sights, Sounds, Se...

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THIS IS OUR VIEW - Sights, Sounds, SeasonsBy: Nancy Lembke“Harvest Moon” is what they call the full moon of September - a moon bright enough that one could see well enough after the sun has set to continue harvesting the appropriate crops.   The challenge to get children up and ready for school becomes harder since the sun doesn’t want to ‘get up’ early either.  Cool nights make for better sleeping than the “dog days of summer” and wearing a sweater in the morning hours that can be removed as the day warms up is a matter of necessity.Seasonal changes effect even the critters.  Many varieties of birds have already begun their migra ...

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A Valley View Inn Ohio

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We still smile when we recall the question from a lady who called to make reservations.  It was in early May and she was making plans to come sometime later that year.  "Can you tell me what week you think will have the best weather between now and October?" she innocently asked.The question caught me totally by surprise.  Finally I replied, "Well, in Ohio there is a saying; "if you don't like the weather, wait an hour as a change will likely be coming"."While it may not be that unpredictable, there are seasons in Ohio where one wisely chooses to wear a sweatshirt in the forenoon but by lunch time a sleeveless shirt & shorts are sufficient. Enjoy the changes in life; wheth ...

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A View From The Inn

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The Gladiolus flowers are in bloom.  This is the first time these beautiful flowers have been planted at the Inn. The bulbs were given to us, but with no particular information included.  So, early this spring the small bulbs were stuck in the ground &, as with all bulb-type plants, the waiting began.  At first the sword-like greens poked through the soil, slowly growing longer & longer.  Then, the erect spikes, now at least 3 ft. tall, began to reveal that the flowers were going to be red. The brilliant red blooms that open ever-so-gradually along the sword-shaped spikes seem to shout out their prominence over the shorter flowers around them.  But another su ...

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Nature creates a way

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Look closely at the picture—there’s more than just some pretty river bottom stones to see. Barely visible to any passerby, the Killdeer nest in the center of the photo contains four precious eggs. Killdeer chicks are one of the few fowl that literally leave the egg within minutes and are off and running. Looking like little cotton balls on tiny sticks, hey scurry after their ever-vigilant parents, following them to safety.  Should a predator, including some curious human, get too close to the nest or the chicks, at least one of the adult birds will call loudly and pretend to have an injured wing. Staying just ahead of whatever is attempting to catch it, the adult craftily lu ...

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